Known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning ‘little railway’ in olde Cumbrian dialect, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England. Join us on a seven mile journey through history and the beautiful Western Lake District, as we travel behind an historic engine up to our eastern terminus at Dalegarth.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Welcome to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, running seven miles from our main terminus in Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, around the estuary, through the rolling valley via seven request stops with a gradient reaching 1:40 in places, until we reach our final destination at Dalegarth for Boot Station.

Enjoy the cafe and shop at both stations, which are open to the public without travelling with us. Take the time to walk up to Boot village, down to the river Esk and the historic St Catherine’s Church, or up to the lovely and well-hidden Dalegarth Falls. Or, make a longer day of it and walk or cycle the valley on the Eskdale Trail.

In Ravenglass, step into our fascinating past and visit the railway museum which is free of charge.

Dogs are welcome to travel on the railway (small charge applies/not permitted in first class) and are also welcome in some of our buildings.

You could easily spend a whole day on the railway any time of year but look out for our events, themed days, visiting engines and additional activities for a special day out. One of which includes the ever-popular Santa Express. Visit the website for further details.

For a holiday with a difference, take a look at our camping coaches. Two converted railway carriages located in a prime location next to the controller’s box on Ravenglass Station, and with a view of the mainline too, they’re a trainspotter’s dream! With wooden panelling and many period features, the coaches provide simple but comfortable self-catering accommodation for up four people.

Ravenglass Railway

CA18 1SW


telephone: +44 (0)1229 717171